Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel Overview

This dog breed was developed in England in the middle of the 14th century and is the heaviest of the Spaniels. The Clumber Spaniel was favored by British monarchs for their serious and majestic demeanor. This dog breed is a keen hunter and excels at retrieving pheasant and partridge. The breed is a wonderful water dog, with a heightened sense of smell, and remarkable endurance and stamina.

Clumber Spaniel Characteristics

This dog breed is extremely handsome and versatile. The breed is a genuine aristocrat of proud descent. This dog breed is fairly rare and typically difficult to obtain. The dog is a little slow moving and stocky. This breed is sedate and makes an affectionate and delightful companion dog.

Clumber Spaniel Temperament

Of the hunting breeds, the Clumber Spaniel is the most low-key and easy-going. This dog breed is gentle, sweet and highly intelligent. They are a pleasant and generally well-behaved dog. This breed gets along well with other dogs, cats and pets, especially those they are raised with. The breed typically becomes extremely attached to one member of their family. They are generally good with children. They do not befriend strangers easily, but are never timid or aggressive. The dog thrives on human companionship and attention.

Clumber Spaniel Care

This dog breed requires a fair amount of maintenance. Their coat should be groomed daily with a comb and brush. Professional trimming of the coat is also required. Their eyes and ears should to be cleaned on a consistent basis. They are prone to hip dysplasia, juvenile lameness, dry eyes, cataracts and flea and skin allergies. This breed tends to gain weight easily and should never be overfed. The dog has a thick coat and tends to over-heat easily.

Clumber Spaniel Coat

The body coat of the Clumber Spaniel is straight, flat, thick and weather resistant. It is soft to the touch. The ears, legs and stomach are slightly feathered with straight hair and there is a thick ruff of hair at the neck. They have a double coat breed. The outer coat consists of long guard hairs, while the undercoat is thick and soft. The coat color is predominantly white with either orange or lemon markings. This breed is a heavy shedder.

Clumber Spaniel Training

This dog breed loves to please and has a superb memory. They are typically relatively easy to train. This dog breed is quiet and unassuming and does not respond well to harsh or forceful training techniques. They do best with a calm handler who provides positive reinforcement, praise, love, fairness and consistency. Early socialization and obedience training is advised.

Clumber Spaniel Activity

This dog breed adapts well to apartment or city living, provided their exercise needs are met. The dog breed requires daily exercise and loves a brisk walk, chasing a ball and swimming. If this breed is not sufficiently exercised, they become overweight, which shortens their life span.